In May, all pieces of the project were completed! The Akuyam village celebrated the opening of the taps and sent this heart warming Thank You video message to CFEBA and all the EBA members who supported this life changing project!
Through the generosity of our many sponsors and contributors, the CFEBA played crucial role in improving the quality of life for an entire village in Uganda, by awarding 2 grants to Innovation Africa, totaling $103,000.
CFEBA partnered with Innovation: Africa, an 501 (c)(3) non-profit, to provide life-changing solar water pump and drip irrigation technology to the Akuyam Village in Uganda.
Yaari and her team were on a humanitarian mission in Karamoja Uganda, when they unexpectedly ended up in the Akuyam Village, where an ongoing drought had created famine conditions on a scale they had not witnessed before. In February, while Innovation Africa’s team was there, 37 people died from starvation in one week. People had no choice but to eat leaves and mice to stay alive.
With your help, Innovation Africa has completed drilling beneath the ground in the aquifer, has installed a water tank, a solar pump, and solar panels to pump water up to the tank. The Akuyam village now has access to CLEAN WATER! The last phase of the project was recently finalized this spring and the water taps throughout the community were opened, providing access to clean water in 10 locations for the 4,600 people that call the Karamoja region home.
The Innovation Africa team has been working to train the community on irrigating seeds and seedlings and they are having tremendous success, as seen in pictures below.
Prior to the completion of this project, their only water source was seasonal river water, that the average family had to fetch 3-4 times/day. During the dry season, the wait time for water was 3 hours or more. Even when the water was available immediately, it was contaminated, causing many cases of diarrhea, cholera, skin irritations, cough, typhoid, and more.
Additional funds raised by the attendees of this years Power of Water fundraising gala, enabled Innovation Africa to provide funding for additional water taps for the village, as well as distribute food and seeds to the community to help alleviate the famine and hunger that has devastated Akuyam village.
Sivan Yaari, Founder & CEO of Innovation Africa writes to CFEBA donors: " I truly hope one day in the near future we can travel to Karamoja together to see first-hand how CFEBA has transformed their lives… I can't express enough my gratitude to you and EBA for your generous and life-changing contribution.”
CFEBA donors are invited to Karamoja to celebrate with the Akuyam Village at any time. Innovation Africa will assist in travel arrangements and accompany donors for their visit.
The video below was recorded when the village first heard the news that they were going to receive the funds needed to bring them clean water and assistance growing food. A woman from Akuyam Village in Uganda says: "Energy Bar, thank you, please rescue us from suffering. We want water."
We are so excited to know 4,600 people of the Akuyam Village have fresh water at their disposal.
If you are interested in traveling to Uganda or getting more involved with the CFEBA in general, please contact MICHELE@EBA-NET.ORG.
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